Brum culture heads for Liverpool

By on 16/06/2010 in Culture, News

Birmingham performers are heading for Merseyside this morning as the city bids for a chance to emulate Liverpool's successful year as European Capital of Culture.

Birmingham is one of four shortlisted cities for the inaugural UK City of Culture title and will be pitching to the judging panel, chaired by Phil Redmond.

In addition to the bid team, Birmingham performers, including street dancers and singers, will take to the streets of Liverpool on Wednesday to showcase the city's talents.

Chair of the Birmingham Cultural Partnership Cllr Martin Mullaney said: “We want to show the judges just how much this title means to Birmingham and these performances will offer a taster of the wealth of culture on offer here.

“Liverpool showed the way with an amazing year as European Capital of Culture, setting the standard for this new UK title. We've obviously studied the build-up, events and legacy of 2008 and feel confident we can repeat that fantastic 12 months.

 “Our bid is about so much more than simply a year-long calendar of cultural events. Culture can make a real difference to people and communities across a city while also changing how that city is perceived in the wider world.

“We're looking at increasing levels of participation, economic regeneration through inward investment, supporting residents young and old and boosting community engagement

“The UK City of Culture title would mean a similar boost for Birmingham and, just as Liverpool did two years ago, we would stage an unforgettable year with a lasting legacy.”

Don't forget you can add your voice to Birmingham's bid this afternoon. Click on the link below for details.

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